SATB vocal ensemble (16 voices). 11 mins.
Commissioned by Skylark Vocal Ensemble. Inspired by the flowering of visual art and poetry in Victorian Britain during the 1840s-1870s.
Any of the three movements may be programmed separately as standalone works for performance.
NEW! Skylark Vocal Ensemble’s World Premiere live recording of Transform the World with Beauty (tracks 18-20, paired with ) is available now on all major streaming music platforms (including Sauntering Songs Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, and Tidal). The CD will be available in October, and may be pre-ordered from Skylark. Read the digital liner notes with essays and lyrics.
Continue reading “Transform the World with Beauty (2019)”
Tenor and piano. 5 mins.
Written for American Opera Projects Composers & the Voice fellowship. While working and living in Yosemite National Park during the late 19th century, the preservationist and naturalist John Muir (1838-1914) wrote many letters to his mentor, Jeanne Carr. These letters form the basis of this song’s text. Continue reading “Dear Mrs. Carr (2015)”
SATB choir. 4 ½ mins.
Rehearsal recording courtesy of SACRA/PROFANA.
A choral setting of text adapted from an essay by John Muir about Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park.
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Performance score available for purchase. Please direct inquiries to Nell Shaw Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org .
NEW! Seeking repertoire for your choir or vocal ensemble? Check out my programming guide for choral directors. Performance History
SACRA/PROFANA, Juan Carlos Acosta, conductor, Fallbrook Mission Theater, Fallbrook, CA, 3/27/22.
New Mexico Highlands University Concert Choir, André García-Nuthmann, conductor, New Mexico Highlands University , Ilfeld Auditorium, Las Vegas, NM, 4/23/17.
Soprano and piano. 4 mins.
Art song setting of a poem by Stevie Smith. Commissioned by WordSong. Continue reading “I Like to Play with Him (2011)”
SATB choir or vocal ensemble. 11 mins.
A setting of selections from
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. (The second movement, “Think of the Soul,” has not been recorded.) Continue reading “I Dream’d in a Dream (2011)”
Tenor and piano. 11 mins.
Arrangement for tenor and flute (alto flute), oboe (English horn), clarinet (bass clarinet), horn, bassoon, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass. 11 mins.
A song cycle setting of poems by
Michelangelo, adapted by the composer from English translations. Continue reading “Revealed in Stone (2009)”